“Try not to become a success but rather try to become a man of value.” ——Albert Einstein
Einstein points us to the process and not to the product: We become a success through lifetime accomplishments. Success is raising emotionally stable, happy, productive children; contributing to our civic or faith communities; respecting our career and improving our craft.
Years ago I volunteered for Big Brothers and Sisters. My little sis was a young teen, and I was in my early 20’s. Both of Linda’s parents were deaf, and she was one of three (hearing) children with a challenging and complicated home life. She dropped out of public school to attend Alternative School.
She had a child while still in her teens. She encouraged her daughter to make good grades and supported her in Girl Scouts. Her daughter is motivated, well educated and has three young children of her own.
A hard worker, Linda has been in phone sales at the same company for 20 years. To top it all off, several years ago I attended her graduation from a career-enhancing educational program. Against the odds, Linda is a success.
We don’t become a success because our name is on the front page of the newspaper. Few of us will become valuable on a public stage, yet most of us will succeed in more private sectors. Outside of the glitter and bright lights many people build lives of substance and worth, and Linda is one of those people.
The substance we accomplish with our own hands and with our own minds will serve us and others well. Let’s place our focus on becoming a person of value so that the world will be a better place because we are in it.